Pilgrims' Way

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Doors: 7.30pm

Tickets: £10.00

A booking fee applies to online and telephone bookings which helps to support Florence and the Music Venue Trust. Children go for 50p. We want to encourage families to enjoy the live music experience together, so we are now offering tickets to under-17s for FREE (50p booking fee) when booked with an adult paying full price (at selected gigs). Advance online bookings only.

Off the wall, colourful, energetic...


With influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog, soul and pop, it's impossible to categorise the sound they make as folk music is fed through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine.


Featuring Edwin Beasant on Drums, Jude Rees on Woodwind, Jon Loomes on Concertina and Guitar, Tom Kitching on Fiddle, and Heather Sirrel on Bass, this is a full frontal and good humoured party of song and dance. With sumptuous harmonies, huge rhythms, and fabulous melodies, the show is a non-stop party of wild characters and inflated stories from across English history.
Pilgrims' Way will be playing the entirety of their acclaimed new album 'Stand and Deliver' and much more during the course of a riotous evening's fun.

Meet the Band:

Edwin Beasant

(Melodeons, Guitar, Bass, Electric Mars-Bar, etc)


Edwin is a musician with a varied and possibly dubious background, having been brought up in a Morris Dancing family. Steeped in the traditions of England, he sought further influences, finding inspiration in the continental and trans-Atlantic traditions, as well as through Motown and soul.

A compulsive multi-instrumentalist, Edwin plays many, indeed most things, including some that haven't been invented yet, but is best known as a talented and inventive box player with ABU and for his stint as the drummer with Jabadaw. A hugely empathetic accompanist, his greatest strength is in instinctively bringing out the best in other people's music with exactly the right textures and rhythms.


Jude Rees 
(Oboe, Vocals, Bagpipes, Woodwind)

Jude is the latest addition to Pilgrims’ Way.  As a woodwind specialist she is a widely acclaimed for her lyrical playing delivered with drive and dynamism.  A founder member of Isambarde, Jude’s barnstorming oboe playing coupled with her ability to convey narrative through song has won her plaudits from audiences around the country. A sought-after session musician, she has guested on numerous albums and arranged strings and brass for studio projects.

Jude is also a fixture on the early music scene. She currently performs with Renaissance Consort Piva and is known for playing instruments that go PARP and singing a bawdy catch whilst wearing a variety of silly hats.

Tom Kitching

(Fiddle, Mandolin)

10 years and 1250 gigs a professional, Tom was described by Mike Harding as "one of the best English fiddlers ever " and is certainly one of the most in demand musicians on the scene, gigging with Gavin Davenport, Gren Bartley, and Albireo, as well as with his own band, and a duo with Mr Loomes.


In 2015, he brought out his first solo album 'Interloper' to critical acclaim, winning a place on the Telegraph's list of folk albums of the year, and being awarded 5 stars and 6th best album of the year in the Sunday Express. His hobbies include tarboats, watching Salford Rugby League club lose, collecting kettle leads, and chairing the Stockport and District Formation Mild Drinking Squad. 


Jon Loomes

(Cittern, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Concertina, Vacuum cleaner)


A consummate performer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and ethno-musicologist, Jon is renowned for his work with traditional English folk music.

His debut solo album was released by Fellside Records to considerable acclaim and he has subsequently appeared as a guest musician on numerous CDs, and has produced many more. Upon joining Pilgrims' Way, he was reckoned by James Fagan to have 'Filled in holes he didn't know were there', thereby saving the council a fortune in compensation cases.

Rumours that he is merely the puppet at the head of a drunken feline world domination conspiracy are probably slightly wide of the mark.

We have teamed up with Music Venues Trust and TicketWeb to bring you some of the best live music in West Cumbria.


*A booking fee will be applied to all online and telephone bookings, with 50% going directly to maintain and sustain our unique venue and a further contribution direct to the Music Venues Trust.

Ticketweb are committed to supporting grassroots & independent music across the UK and are proud to partner with & support the work of the Music Venue Trust.  For more info on the work the Music Venues Trust does to support grassroots venues in the UK please visit www.musicvenuetrust.com

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